Now, if you were as confused as I was by RIM's new naming conventions, let's try to help -- this Torch is pretty much what the Storm used to be, a full screen, touch screen BlackBerry, with no slide-out keyboard like the original Torch (and no SurePress like the original Storm, thankfully.) Of course, there's also still a Torch with a slide out keyboard. (Could they have at least called that a Torch Pro, like HTC would have?)
Either way, this is in fact the closest thing to an iPhone RIM makes. So how does it stack up?
It's a smooth device that will certainly be a seller. How big of a seller is yet to be seen. Users that want the big screen and don't mind not having a physical keyboard will be in BlackBerry heaven. Once you adjust to using the virtual keyboard there really isn't much bad to be said about the 9860. But if you're like me, you want to get things done efficiently and in my opinion, having a keyboard really helps that cause, even if I have to sacrifice potential display real estate for a screen. I know I'm in the minority on that one these days - you should definitely head to your local store and try out the Torch 9860 and come to your own conclusions. If playing videos, viewing photos, snapping pictures and web browsing are tops on your list, then I can say the Torch 9860 may be just what you're looking for. With the boosted processor and increased RAM, the OS trucks along fast enough to keep up with pretty much anything you can throw at it.
Once again I'll ask -- if you're walking into a store this fall, iPhone 5 on one side, Android phone de jour on the other, would you walk past them for a BlackBerry Torch 9860? Check out Kevin's review and let us know.